Faculty and Staff
Joan M. Culley, PhD, MS, MPH, RN, CWOCN
College of Nursing
College of Nursing
Dr. Culley’s educational background includes a PhD from the University of Arizona—Tucson with a major in Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Systems, an MS in Nursing Administration and an MPH in Health Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BSN from West Virginia University. In addition, Dr. Culley holds the following certifications: Board Certification in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (CWOCN); FEMA Certifications include:
- Incident Command System (ICS)
- Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 Public Health and Medical Services
- Applying ICS to Healthcare Organizations
- Special Needs Planning Considerations for Service and Support Providers
- Introduction to Incident Command System for Health Care/Hospitals
Over twenty-eight years of experience teaching graduate courses in informatics and undergraduate theory and clinical courses in nursing fundamentals, acute and chronic care nursing, leadership, community health, public health and emergency preparedness. Guest speaker in undergraduate and graduate courses related to emergency preparedness and wound, ostomy and continence issues. Taught NCLEX-RN review courses.
Research (Concept Areas)
Mass casualty triage
Emergency preparedness work force characteristics
Simulation to enhance training in emergency preparedness
Information needs and processing for first responder during mass casualty events
Dr. Culley is an expert in the field of emergency preparedness with research related to: mass casualty triage model validation, work force characteristics, simulation to enhance training in emergency preparedness, information needs and processing for first responder during mass casualty events and medical outcome measures. Her dissertation research related to the development and validation of an integrative conceptual information model that represents the continuum of care from the multidisciplinary provider perspective during mass casualty events. She has used her expertise to develop a multidisciplinary team, composed of researchers from the Arnold School of Public Health, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Medical College of South Carolina, the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, the College of Nursing, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, USC Environmental Health and Safety, the Columbia Richland Fire Department, South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and the Graniteville community to develop a strong research team to study mass casualty decision support. This multidisciplinary team provides research expertise to better understand the information and processing needs of first responders during all hazards mass casualty events.
Recognized expert in the field of emergency preparedness. Experiences include:
- Invited speaker at Navy and civilian conference on topics related to emergency preparedness and weapons of mass destruction.
Culley, J. M., Craig, J.B., Tavakoli, A., & Svendsen, E. (2013). Gleaning Data From Disaster: A Hospital-Based Data Mining Method To Studying All-Hazard Triage After A Chemical Disaster. Sigma Theta Tau International's 24th International Nursing Research Congress, Prague, Czech Republic June 22-26, 2013.
Tavakoli, A., Culley, J. M., Craig, J., & Svendsen, E.R. Using SAS to create code for current triage systems during chemical incidents. SAS Global 2013 Conferences, San Francisco April 2013.
Culley, J. M., Svendsen, E., Craig, J., & Tavakoli, A. (2012). Triage Effectiveness During a Chemical Incident. CANS 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research Conference, Washington DC.
Culley, J. M. & Polyakova-Norwood,V. (2012). Engaging Students with Difficult Content Online: A Successful Case Study. Invited presentation for the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of South Carolina.
Culley, J. M. & Tavakoli, A. (2012). Do Current Triage Methods Work For All Hazards Mass Casualty Events? Mary Ann Parsons Lecture Columbia, SC February 10, 2012.
Smith, D., Culley, J. M., & Tavakoli, A. (2012). Effects of Technology and Connectedness on Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Mary Ann Parsons Lecture 2012, Columbia, SC.
Culley, J. M. & Polyakova-Norwood,V. (2012). Engaging Students with Difficult Content Online: A Successful Case Study. University of South Carolina Center for Teaching Excellence, January 24, 2012.
Culley, J. M., Svendsen, E. R., Craig, J., Tavakoli, A., & Pollack, C. (2012). Do Current Triage Methods Work for All Hazards Mass Casualty Events? Southern Nursing Research Conference. February, New Orleans, LA.
Culley, J. M. & Polyakova-Norwood,V. (2011). Transforming Nursing Practice Through Meaningful Use of Technology in Education. Twenty-Ninth Annual International Nursing Technology Conference, Rutgers College, Boston, MA, June, 2011.
Culley, J. M. & Polyakova-Norwood,V. (2010). Online Role Play Activities for Developing Oral Presentation Proficiency. 26th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning. Madison, Wisconsin, August, 2010.
Culley, J. M. (2010). Synchronous Role Play Activities to Create a Real World Context For Enhancing Connectedness,
Group Process Skills and Oral Presentation Proficiency In An Online Graduate Applied
Technology Course, Twenty-Eighth Annual International Nursing Technology Conference, Rutgers College,
Newark, NJ March, 2010.
Culley, J. M. (2010). Human Factors As A Key Component In Mass Casualty Response, Southern Nursing Research Society 24th Annual Conference, Austin, TX February, 2010.
Culley, J. M. (2009). Validation of a Mass Casualty Conceptual Model accepted for presentation at the 2009 Shanghai International Nursing Conference, Shanghai, China.
Culley, J. M. (2009). Development and Validation of a Conceptual Model for Analyzing Information Requirements during Mass Casualty Events, 1st Annual Mu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Research Symposium at Lander University April 17, 2009.
Culley, J. M. (2008). Validation of a Mass Casualty Model, Graduate Student Guest Speaker Series, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Culley, J. M. (2008). A Conceptual Model That Provides the Structure for Studying Information Systems Needed for Mass Casualty Events, Sigma Theta Tau Beta Zeta at Large Scholarship Day, Holyoke, MA.
Culley, J. M. (2008). Human Factors as a Key Component in Mass Casualty Response, Western Institute of Nursing 41st Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, Garden Grove, CA.
Culley, J. M. (2007). The Provider Role in Emergency preparedness: Fact or Fiction University of Massachusetts Medical School Grand Rounds.
Culley, J. M. (2007). Panelists in a Symposium titled Boston Meets Katrina, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA.
Culley, J. M. (2005). Terrorism Preparedness at the Homeland Security Conference held in Edgewater, NJ.
Culley, J. M. (2005). Terrorism are we Ready? REDCOM Northeast Medical/Dental Conference, Newport, RI.
Culley, J. M. (2005). The Art of Mentoring at Atlantic Union College, Lancaster, MA for a Faculty Workshop.
Culley, J. M. (2005). Preparing Current and Future Faculty Colloquy, Massachusetts Hospital Association Promise of Nursing Faculty Development Grants Best Practices Forum, Burlington, MA.
Culley, J. M. (2004). Partnering for a Well-Prepared Nursing Workforce at the Twelfth Annual Conference for Nurse Educators in Practice Setting and Schools of Nursing, New Castle, NH.
Culley, J. M. (2003). Nursing Shortage: Partnering for a Well-Prepared Future Workforce, Board of Trustees meeting, Jewish Geriatric Services, Inc., Agawam, MA.
Culley, J. M. (2003). Infrastructure for Communication, Coordination, Education and Training. Featured Faculty Presentation at the Center for Emergency Preparedness Conference, UMass Amherst, MA.
Culley, J. M. (2003). Update on Navy Bioterrorism Preparedness, Naval Reserve Fleet Hospital Great Lakes Symposium, Cleveland, OH.
Culley, J. M. (2003). Update on Navy Bioterrorism Preparedness, REDCOM Northeast Medical/Dental Conference, Newport, RI.
Culley, J. M. (2003). Infrastructure for Communication, Coordination, Education and Training, Technology Conversation II with UMass Amherst: Technologies for Homeland Security Applications, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
Culley, J. M. (2002). Taking the Stress Out of the Test, Wound, Ostomy and Continence Annual Conference, Los Vegas, NV.
Culley, J. M. (2000). The Western Massachusetts Public Education Consortium Creates Articulation Opportunities for RNs in Western Massachusetts, The Yavapii Conference for Associate Degree Educators, Phoenix, AZ.
Tavakoli, A. S., Culley, J. M., Hein, L. C., Frazier, B., & Williams, A. (2013). Using SAS To Examine Social Networking Difference Between Faculty And Students. SAS South East Regional Conference, Florida, 2013.
Culley, J. M., Svendsen, E. R., Craig, J., & Tavakoli, A. (2013). Effectiveness of Triage During a Chemical Incident. Improving Health Through Evidence-Based Practice & Policy Joint Scientific Retreat on Implementation Science. Columbia, SC.
Culley, J. M, Svendsen, E. R., Craig, J., Tavakoli, A., & Pollack, C. (2011). Do Current Triage Methods Work For All Hazards Mass Casualty Events? Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. 2011 Special Topics Conference October, Washington, DC. Can be viewed online here: http://www.epostersonline.com/cans2011/?q=node/1439.
Culley, J. M. (2008). Expert Panel Selection For A Validation Study Using Computer Applications, Western Institute of Nursing 41st Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, Garden Grove, CA.
Culley, J. M. (2008). Human Factors As A Key Component In Mass Casualty Response, The University of Arizona 50th Anniversary Research Conference, Tucson, AZ.
Culley, J. M. (2007). Conceptual Model for a Mass Casualty Continuum of Care, American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, Chicago, IL.
Kearney, S., Gagnon, D., & Culley, J. (2007). Can I get the Flu from the Flu Shot? Using a University Health Fair And Flu Clinic To Develop A Model For Use During A Pandemic Or Disaster Situation, Eastern Nursing Research Society 18th Annual Scientific Secession, Boston, MA. Presented by Kearney, S, Gagnon, D. & Culley, J. Faculty Advisor.
Koffman, K., Kibbler, P., & Culley, J. (2007). Deployment of a School of Nursing Medical Reserve Corps, Sigma Theta Tau Beta Zeta Chapter at Large Nursing Research Day, Holyoke MA. Presented by Koffman, K., Kibbler, P., & Culley, J. Faculty Advisor.
Culley, J. M. (2006). Concept Analysis: Bioterrorism Related To Nursing Preparedness, Western Institute of Nursing Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
Culley, J. M. (2006). Concept Analysis: Bioterrorism Related To Nursing Preparedness, Sigma Theta Tau Research Day, Holyoke, MA.
Culley, J. M. (2005). Concept Analysis: Bioterrorism Related To Nursing Preparedness, 111th Annual meeting of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS), Nashville, TN.
Culley, J. M. (1991). Collaborative Nursing Education Model between Regents College and Holyoke Community College as an Alternative Nursing Career Pathway, Nursing Education 1991 Conference, Boston, MA.
Dr. Culley is a manuscript reviewer for several journals and professional organizations including: Computers in Nur sing Journal of Healthcare Engineering, The Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society, and General Hospital Psychiatry. Dr. Culley served as Co-Director of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst in conjunction with University Health Services. The MRC, which is federally registered, educates and trains students and faculty in emergency preparedness through participation in large regional functional drills each year. Students and faculty in the School of Nursing are considered resources for surge capacity needs at the local, state and federal level. Dr. Culley also served on the Board of Directors for The New England Health Care Education and Research Corporation of the Veterans Administration in New England and the University of Massachusetts—Amherst Dean’s Nursing Advisory Council. For four years, Dr. Culley served as a nationally elected officer on the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Certification Board as the Financial Officer. Additionally, she was Co-Chair on the Professional Growth Program Committee of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Certification Board. She currently serves on the Accreditation Committee of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society and is a legal consultant for wound, ostomy, and continence issues. Dr. Culley holds membership in the following organizations:
- Delta Omega, the National Public Health Honor Society
- Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society
- Naval Reserve Association
- Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Organization
- Southern Nursing Research Society
- Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
- American Medical Informatics Association
Dr. Culley has served her country while being actively involved in academia. She was an officer in the Naval Reserves and the commanding officer of two medical units, retiring in 2010 with the rank of Captain. She also brings experience to the profession of nursing as a researcher, administrator, educator, consultant, and Board Certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse (CWOCN). She is a nationally recognized expert in the field of emergency preparedness. Dr. Culley also developed an information system course for doctoral students in the College of Nursing that integrates her research skills into graduate education.
Dr. Culley has practiced in both acute and chronic care facilities on various medical/surgical units; community and public health settings that include visiting nurse associations, school health, and university health services.
Research Studies (Selected)
- Principal Investigator on a $320,850.00 funded grant from the National Institute of Health/National Library of Medicine titled Mass Casualty Triage Validation Study (1R21LM010833-01).
- Principal Investigator on a $1.6 million proposal to National Institute of Health/National Library of Medicine titled Validating Triage for Chemical Mass Casualty Incidents – A First Step.
- Principal Investigator with an undergraduate student on a $2881 funded grant awarded through the Undergraduate University of South Carolina Magellan Scholar Program titled “Effect of Technology and Connectedness on Community-Dwelling Older Adults”. Funded (11200-KA09).
- PhD Dissertation titled Validation of A Mass Casualty Model. A modified Delphi technique
was used to validate a proposed model using a panel of experts. The four research
questions measured the extent to which experts agreed that the: 1) ten constructs
represent appropriate predictors of outcomes of care during mass casualty events;
2) proposed relationships among the constructs provide valid representations of mass
casualty triage; 3) proposed indicators for each
construct represent appropriate measurements for the constructs; and 4) the proposed model is seen as useful to the further study of information and technology requirements during mass casualty events. The usefulness of the
online Delphi process was also evaluated.
Culley, J, Herman, J., Smith, D., & Tavakoli, A. (October 2013). Effects of Technology and Connectedness on Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), vol. 17(3).
Frazier, B., Culley, J. M., Hein, L., & Williams, (In press). A. social networking policies in nursing education. Computers Informatics and Nursing. Submitted February 13, 2013. Accepted. In press.
Culley, J. M., Smith, D., & Tavakoli, A. Effects of technology and connectedness on community-dwelling older adults. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI). Accepted. In press.
Craig, J, Culley, J. M, Tavakoli, A., & Svendsen, ER. (2013) Gleaning data from disaster: a hospital-based data mining method to studying all-hazard triage after a chemical disaster. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, 8(2), 97-111.
Culley, J. M. & Svendsen, E. R. (In press). A Review of the Literature on the Validity of Mass Casualty Triage Systems with a Focus on Chemical Exposures. Submitted August 2012 to the American Journal of Disaster Medicine. Under review.
Culley, J. M. & Polyakova-Norwood,V. (2012). Synchronous online role play activities for enhancing community collaboration and oral presentation proficiency. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(1), 51-54. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5480/1536-5026-33.1.51
Culley, J. M, Polyakova-Norwood, V., & Effken, J. (2012). Preparing Graduate Nursing Students for ‘Meaningful Use’. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 16(1). Accessed from http://ojni.org/issues/?p=1260.
Culley, J. (2011). Mass Casualty Information Decision Support. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 15 (3). Available at http://ojni.org/issues/?p=916
Culley, J. M. & Polyakova-Norwood,V. (2010). Online role play activities for developing oral presentation
proficiency. Published in the proceedings for 26th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching
& Learning. August 4-6, 2010. Madison, Wisconsin.
Culley, J. M. (2010). The role of the Medical reserve Corps in nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education., 49(12), 708-711. DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20100930-04.
Culley, J. M. (2011). [Epub ahead of print]). Use of a computer-mediated Delphi process to validate a mass casualty conceptual model. Computers Informatics Nursing. Computers Informatics and Nursing, 29(5), DOI: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e3181fc3e59.
Culley, J. M. & Effken, J.A. (2009) Development and validation of a mass casualty conceptual model. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 42(1), 66-75. DOI:10.1111/j.1547-5069.2009.01320.x.
Culley, J. M. & Effken, J.A. (2007) Conceptual model for a mass casualty continuum of care. AMIA Annual Symposium. PMID: 18694020.
Culley, J.M., Courtney, J. A., Diamond, L. M., & Bates, E. (1996). A continuing education program
to retrain registered Nurses for careers in client-focused community healthcare. The
Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 27(6), 267-273.
Culley, J. M. & Courtney, J. (1994).Nursing in the long term care facility. In Goldsmith, S. B. Essentials of Long Term Care Administration (108-135). Gaithersburg, Maryland: Aspen Publications.
Culley, J. M. & Courtney, J. (1993).Nursing in the long term care facility. InGoldsmith, S. B. Long-Term Care Administration Handbook (56-80). Gaithersburg, Maryland: Aspen Publications.
Culley, J. M. & Courtney, J. A. ( 1993) Gerontology as a focus for traditional and non-traditional approaches in nursing education. InHeine, C. (ed.) Determining the Future of Gerontological Nursing Education (87). New York: National League for Nursing Press Pub. No. 14-2508.